Be careful with toy purchases this Christmas

Published: 9 Dec 2021

Parents and grandparents are urged to exercise caution and check for safety when buying toys and other children's gifts this Christmas.

A mother and young boy lying on the floor in front of a Christmas tree, playing with newly opened toys together.

Since 2019, NSW Fair Trading has received 388 complaints relating to unsafe toys. 

There are simple steps consumers can take to ensure the gifts they buy are safe, such as doing some research before buying Christmas toys to make sure they are compliant, safe, and age-appropriate.

Consumers who have inadvertently bought an unsafe toy are entitled to a refund and can report businesses for unsafe toys to NSW Fair Trading.

Better Regulation and Innovation Minister Kevin Anderson said that leading into the Christmas period, it is important shoppers are aware of the risks of purchasing dangerous toys.

"It is fantastic to see Australians embracing the Christmas spirit and many of us looking forward to being reunited with our friends and families after months of separation, but it is important that we celebrate the festive season as safely as possible," Mr Anderson said.

"Retailers have a responsibility to ensure their products do not cause injury to children, but not every retailer plays by the rules, so we need to exercise caution when purchasing gifts for our loved ones."

Learn more about buying safe products and toys for children

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